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AP-TX--Texas Sports Digest 1 pm, TX

November 7, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s Texas sports coverage. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100, or at 1-800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org

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MIAMI — DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs make their lone visit to Miami this season, taking on Dwyane Wade and the Heat. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CST.



MIAMI — Dwyane Wade is missing Miami’s game against San Antonio on Wednesday night for personal reasons. It’s the first game Wade has missed this season, his 16th and final in the NBA. SENT: 120 words, with photo.


SALT LAKE CITY — The Dallas Mavericks visit the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CST.



FORT WORTH, Texas — No. 20 TCU opens as a ranked team for the first time in 20 seasons when the Horned Frogs play CS Bakersfield. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. CST


COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M on Wednesday night opens its season against Savannah State. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 8:30 a.m. CST.


TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona opens its season with a mostly new roster against Houston Baptist. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 8 p.m. CST.





METAIRIE, La. — A person familiar with the situation says free-agent Dez Bryant and the Saints have agreed on contract terms that will add the former Dallas Cowboys star to one of the NFL’s top offenses in New Orleans. The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the roster move has not been announced. The 30-year-old Bryant spent his first eight years in the NFL with Dallas and last season caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns, including a 50-yard scoring play, for the Cowboys. Bryant’s professional reputation has been marred at times by public confrontations with coaches and teammates during games and practices. By Brett Martel. SENT: 130 words. Developing.


Ezekiel Elliott likes to give Todd Gurley credit for the renaissance of the running back in the NFL because the Los Angeles Rams star ended an unprecedented two-year stretch without someone at that high-profile position going in the first round of the draft. With Gurley and Elliott of the Cowboys among a growing number of productive and important backs, it’s a good time to be a runner again — not to mention the critical role that pass catching can play out of the backfield. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.



Spoiler season is here in college football, the time of year when being a party pooper is a worthy and honorable goal. No. 24 Michigan State, Oklahoma State and Auburn are out to ruin some rivals seasons. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 900 words, with photos.


The calendar has barely hit November, but the Southeastern Conference championship game matchup is already decided: Alabama will meet Georgia for the league title in Atlanta on December 1. The remaining 12 teams can’t win the SEC, but there are still plenty of intriguing story lines during the final three weeks of the season. By David Brandt and Steve Megargee. SENT: 950 words, with photos.




CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Harvick has been stripped of his berth in NASCAR’s championship race because his winning car failed inspection after Texas Motor Speedway. NASCAR said Wednesday the discovery made after Harvick’s win negates the automatic berth he earned into the finale. The No. 4 had an illegal spoiler. The rule in question states that spoilers must be used exactly as supplied from the manufacturer and not altered. The infraction was discovered when NASCAR gave the car a further inspection in North Carolina. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 850 words, with photos.


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